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Gentian is a non-scientific common name that may refer to a number of plant species and varieties.


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Historical Use of Gentian

Gentian in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Historical Use of Gentian in Western Medicine

Quote Paraph: "Guainerius stated that the ancients had discovered that many of the following herbs were beneficial: mistletoe, cinquefoil, peony root, peony-seed, gentian, Syrian rue, sparrow wort, castor-bean, seed of the chastity tree, mountain laurel, borage, root of the aristolochia rotunda, pirethrum, bettony seed, caraway, physalis, pennyroyal, rosemary, rue, sage, stiche, thyme, and hair moss."
Sec Auth: Eadie MJ and Bladin PF
Title: A Disease Once Sacred. John Libbey & Company Ltd, 2001
Page: 180
Source: A Disease Once Sacred, John Libbey & Company Ltd, 2001, M.J. Eadie and P.F. Bladin
Complete: Eadie MJ, Bladin PF. A disease once sacred: a history of the medical understanding of epilepsy. Eastleigh: John Libbey; 2001. p. 180.
Primary Source: Lennox WG. Antonius Guainerius on epilepsy. Annals of Medical History 2:484-499. 1940.


Synonymns for Gentian

Patent Medicines and Medicines with Multiple Ingredients that include Gentian

Pharmaceutical Information

Chemical Constituents

Evidence or the Use of Gentian in the Treatment of Epilepesy

Basic Science

Animal Studies

Cohort, Case-Control and Non-Randomized Trials

Randomized Controlled Trials


1st Five Results: pubmed search

Jing Li, Lijuan Gao, Kaiyue Sun, Dan Xiao, Wanyi Li, Lan Xiang, Jianhua Qi
Benzoate fraction from Gentiana rigescens Franch alleviates scopolamine-induced impaired memory in mice model in vivo.
J Ethnopharmacol: 2016, 193;107-116
[PubMed:27492328] [] [DOI] (I p)

Mustafa Aslan, Didem Delioman Orhan, Nilufer Orhan
Effect of Gentiana olivieri on experimental epilepsy models.
Pharmacogn Mag: 2011, 7(28);344-9
[PubMed:22262939] [] [DOI] (I p)

Dermatol Trop Ecol Geogr: 1964, 30;152-6
[PubMed:14230954] (P p)



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